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This unique space in the middle of southern Berlin was one of the city's airports until it closed in 2008. Now a public park, Tempelhof's boundless opportunities for fun paired with a turbulent history make it one of the most fascinating places in Berlin.
The first flight from Tempelhof was made in 1909 and in 1948 the famous Berlin Airlift took place here. Take a fascinating tour of the secret underground part of the building!
Do a cycle tour, rollerblade, or kiteboard along the tarmac where jumbo jets once taxied. Dogs are also welcome in the dog run!
Tempelhof captures the true Berliner spirit, with community gardens in the park. Locals recently rejected plans to build an apartment complex on the on the old airfield!
There are three designated places to enjoy a barbecue on the field - look out for the word "Grillplatz." These are located in the south-west, south-east and northern areas.
You don't even need to come to Tempelhof with a purpose. After some food in the hip Neukölln neighborhood, just drop by for a stroll or catch the sunset.
The park is open and worth a visit all year round, but you'll find that as far as outdoor activities go, it really comes to life in the spring and summer.
The opening and closing times vary by season - in June and July, the height of summer, it's open for most of the day, from 6:00AM to 10:30PM. In the winter, it can close as early as 5:00PM. As a guideline, it's open from sunrise to sunset.
Free all year round! Be sure to factor in sports equipment rentals from independent sellers, however.
There are two main points of entry. Tempelhof station (on the U6 and Ringbahn) is, as the name suggests, directly across the street from the park. On the north-east side, there's Boddinstraße station (on the U8), a 10-minute walk away from the entrance.
- When should I visit?
- Generally speaking, the park is open from sunrise to sunset, which can vary greatly by season.
- Is it expensive?
- The park is always free, but you may want to rent bikes or other sports equipment on-site.
- Will I need a guide?
- A guide is not necessary here.
- How to get there
- The park is easily reachable from the U6/Ring Tempelhof station, or the U8 Boddinstraße station.
- Additional information
- The park can get very windy at times, so dress accordingly.
- Grilling is only allowed in specified areas, and you must clean up after yourself!
What people are saying about Tempelhof Airport
Our tour of the Templehof Airport was even better than expected. I brought 12 people (my class of college interior design students) and didn't know how they would feel about this tour (we've been on many tours in the last nine weeks). They loved it, and stated that it was one of the best we'd experienced. Our tour guide was well informed and had a great sense of humor. She related very well to the students. I recommend this tour to anyone visiting Berlin.
I did this tour with German Guide as it's not available in English during winter in Berlin. I got to see the underground sections of Tempelhof I had wanted to see although missed out a bit without the English commentary. Full two hour tour run by a regular guide who knows her stuff and has full access to all the unusual interesting areas. Would recommend to those interested in Berlin during WW2.
We went 17 pilots from Sweden. We loved the tour. We could have seen a lot more of the airport. Next time we would like to land at the tempelhof runway.
Tempelhofer airport is fascinating in its own right, but our guide really explored every aspect, could have happily listened for another two hours.
very interesting background informations, long walking distances, very good guide who could answer all the questions, worth it, thank you!